Specialist Occupational Therapist
Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner
Louise is an Occupational Therapist who trained at Salford University, qualifying in 2012. Prior to this, Louise has over 20 years’ experience of working in the NHS and other care sectors in a variety of settings. Louise is registered with the Health and care professions council [HCPC] and Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
Louise has extensive experience of supporting people with additional needs, Autism Spectrum Condition and mental health conditions. Louise specialised as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist/Sensory Integration Practitioner in the last 4 years and continues to provide services to a Specialist College as well as Managing Director at Sensory-OT4me.
Louise is fully insured and has an Disclosing and Barring Service certificate (DBS). Louise has completed post graduate masters level training in Sensory Integration Therapy up to level 4, with the Sensory Integration Network with Advanced Practitioner status.Louise also has a master module in Autism.
Specialist Occupational Therapy
and Advanced Sensory Integration
What is it?
"Sensory Integration is the process in which the brain organises information sent from our senses, giving meaning and determining what to focus on, forming the foundations for learning and social behaviours" (Ayres 2005)
Information is sent from different parts of the body [the sensory systems] to the brain, and then the relevant responses are formed, allowing us to respond appropriately. When difficulties occur with SI, the brain does not process sensory information effectively and therefore the individual does not receive precise information about himself or the world (Ayres 1972).
Difficulties can impact upon a wide range of functional areas, including:
self-care tasks such as washing and dressing, teeth brushing, hair brushing
concentrating at school and handwriting
spinning, rocking, flapping
difficulty wearing clothing, wiping face
clumsy, uncoordinated, difficulty learning new motor tasks i.e, riding a bike
dislike of noise
plus many more...
Free Telephone and Screening Consultation
Firstly I listen. I have so many parents who have said they feel that no-one has listened or really understood their child. I want to know all the child's difficulties in all areas of life then I can get a picture of whether sensory integration difficulties are impacting. Once I have all this information I will inform you whether or not a full assessment is appropriate.
Sensory-OT4me, clients know exactly what to expect - professionalism, efficiency and exceptional results.
Following consultation, if appropriate a thorough assessment will be required. This usually includes:
This is to gather more information from yourself and a full history. I also observe the child and engage in play if appropriate which also informs my assessment process.
I will spend time in your child's education setting completing observations, gathering information from key staff and observing the child.
Standardised assessment tools
To ensure all my clinical reasoning is backed up with evidenced based practice.
A full report with recommendations for home and education. A training session is also arranged usually in the education setting.
Sensory-OT4me is committed to getting the job done, especially when it comes to this service. You can count on us to be professional, timely, efficient and make sure you’re satisfied every step of the way.
Prices available on request
Ayre's SI treatment
Treatment is sometimes advised following assessment. This can be:
This is a timetable devised throughout the child's day to provide the right type and amount of sensory input. This helps the child to maintain focus and attention to engage in the activities they want and need to participate in. The educational setting is provided with training on how to implement the diet and I will monitor the diet termly.
Ayre's SI Treatment
This is direct 1:1 therapy in clinic. The theory is based on neuroplasticity - the brain forms new pathways to help improve functional goals that we set together. so improvements are seen in actual goals that are important to you and your child, such as: better able to concentrate in class, able to tie shoe laces, able to ride a bike, able to use a knife and fork etc. These sessions usually run one hour per week for 10 weeks initially and all all done via play activities.
Prices available on request
"Thanks to you my son can now concentrate better in school, ride his bike and is sleeping much better...it's been such a great experience and he's loved every minute!"
A happy parent
Get in touch
Call us on 07850 535965 or if you prefer, send us an email using our easy contact form.
Teaching and Training
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